Analytical Geochemist

The Natural History Museum - Physical and Environmental Sciences

Forming one division within the museum's Core Research Laboratories, the Imaging & Analysis Centre is a central resource for the museum's science group, contributing to the science strategy as well as public engagement.

The Imaging & Analysis Centre provides first-class imaging and analytical facilities and the Museum seeks to recruit an experienced geochemical analyst to join a team of scientists in the Imaging & Analysis Centre. This is an analytical post with the requirement to work across a number of applications, including LA-ICP-MS, analytical SEM, electron microprobe and other chemical/geochemical techniques. Previous experience in LA-ICP-MS is required.

As well as supporting the Museum's research and curation programmes the post holder will be expected to engage in collaborative and/or independent research and seek funds to support this research, preferably in synergy with the existing research groups and directly relevant to the museum's science strategy.

Role competencies


  1. Experience in the use of LA-ICP-MS for the analysis of inorganic, preferably geological materials
  2. Experience in data reduction, processing and interpretation of LA-ICP-MS analyses
  3. First line maintenance and troubleshooting LA-ICP-MS instruments
  4. Use and application of Analytical SEM and EDX and interpretation of associated data


  1. Experience in the use of Electron Microprobe and WDX analysis of minerals
  2. Preparation of mineral separates and light microscopy identification for mineralogy and petrology descriptions.
  3. Experience with writing and publishing scientific results in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  4. Ability to work as part of a team with strong networking skills

Closing date: 9am on Monday 12 December 2016

Customer advert reference: JM/NHM/AG

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